October 3, 2020 -
Government's Foreign Policy
to Justify Anglo-American Imperialist Restructuring of International
Institutions and World Order
Shameless Presentation to the UN General Assembly
- Hilary LeBlanc -
In the Parliament
"Pandemic Aid Bill"
Nick Lin -
Left Out of New Income Support Benefits
- Migrant Rights Network -
Broad Opposition in
Alberta to Racist Violence
All Out to Oppose State Protection
of Racist Violence!
Peggy Morton -
Vigils Across Quebec for Victim of Racism
Christine Dandenault -
• Vigils for Joyce Echaquan
• October 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigils
Economic Recovery Plan
State Arrangements to Strengthen
K.C. Adams -
75th Session of UN General Assembly Underway
Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Charter
- Dougal MacDonald -
by President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel
Bermúdez to the General Debate
The Significance of Analyzing Unfolding Events
Battle Over the U.S. Presidency
Government's Foreign Policy
The Trudeau government's conception of
reality, manifest in Prime Minister Trudeau's presentation to the
annual session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25,
is becoming horribly entangled in its own machinations and prejudices.
The Trudeau government makes a perpetual muddle of how it perceives
unfolding events and the results of the neo-liberal world order but
this is not the worst of it. Its deadly vice is unbridled chauvinism in
favour of anachronistic Anglo-American liberal democratic institutions,
a lust for itself, its megalomania, and an intolerant attitude towards
all those who espouse values of their own, based on
their right to be. This intolerant attitude is racist and
leads to violence.
Its conception of reality does
not meet even the most minimum standards of human cognition. Informed
by "Third Way" dogma and NATO, it is in accord with the likes of the
Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and the U.S. Council on
Foreign Relations, both of which have endorsed Joe Biden for the
presidency of the United States.
It is a
conception of reality based on anti-consciousness deliberately directed
towards covering up reality, distorting it and making sure that the
striving of the peoples of the world for empowerment and to make sure
the New prevails over the Old is blocked. And all of it is done in the
name of "change" and "renewal," "green solutions," "multilateralism,"
"peace," and more.
Behind it lie the class
interests of the Anglo-American imperialist bourgeoisie enforced by the
states it has put at its disposal through economic and political
domination, defamation, persecution, criminalization and terror. Within
this anti-consciousness, the international financial oligarchs require
a "smart" person like, presumably, Justin Trudeau whose quality to know
what to say at all times and under all conditions as he has been
coached by his handlers to do, seems to appeal to them so long as he
can keep his sense of entitlement in check. Within anti-consciousness,
such "smart" people only see what their master wants them to see.
All the variants of the neo-liberal schools of thought
advocate the current restructuring of international institutions to
suit the Anglo-American imperialist new world order. To appeal to the
most backward and anti-conscious forces, both within the country and
internationally, drivel is passed off as cogent analysis and thought
without even minimal self-respect or respect for scientific inquiry.
Accolades are given to individuals who commit atrocities against the
high road of civilization, while the forces which are fighting to
humanize the natural and social environment and international relations
Those who push their own
machinations and prejudices underestimate the role of the objective
world, the contradictions inherent in it and their maturing. The
maturing of the contradictions inherent in the objective world plays
the role of a sledgehammer against all stubborn refusal to recognize
reality. The attempts of the proponents of the imperialist
system of states under the domination of Anglo-American imperialist
interests to escape the laws of history will not succeed. Life itself
is directed by the striving to bring in the New as the Old passes away.
The laws of history inexorably favour the rise of the New against the
Old. But just as inexorably, the policies and arrangements these
imperialist forces are putting in place lead to prolonged suffering,
corruption, destruction and war and must be opposed.
It shows the
urgency of the striving for empowerment of those on the world scale who
stand for just causes to throw off the baggage of anti-consciousness in
order to make headway in their forward march. The theoreticians and
spokespersons of an anti-human conception of reality are instruments of
the imperialist system of states telling the working people that they
must not live by what they themselves know but get bamboozled by the
neo-liberal double-speak which claims to be progressive, against
backward nationalism, populism, racism, the abuse of women and of human
The peoples of the world learn through
their own direct experience which is why constant measures are taken to
get them to abandon their experience and listen to and adopt prejudices
of various kinds. But what always comes through in the neo-liberal
doublespeak is the passionate hatred of the two-bit propagandists and
champions of the ruling imperialist elite for those engaged in fighting
for just causes. Their hatred leads them to intrigues of irrationality
and collaboration with the U.S. imperialist war machine to commit
crimes of their own.
This explains what the Trudeau
government and its ministers are up to.
Imperialist Multilateralism," Margaret Villamizar, TML Weekly,
February 22, 2020.
exhibition of utmost hubris and self-delusion, Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau addressed the General Debate of the General Assembly of the
United Nations' 75th session on September 25.
In a pre-recorded
message, he used the occasion to promote the imperialist conception of
a new world order being pushed by a section of the international
financial oligarchy in their fight over control of the world's peoples
and resources under today's conditions. It is a desperate attempt to
present the wolves themselves in sheep's clothing so they can continue
their rape and plunder unopposed. The very forces that have brought the
world to the brink of exhaustion by imposing neo-liberalism, now want
to restructure international institutions created in the post-World War
II period in a manner that shores up the imperialist system of states
in favour of Anglo-American imperialist interests.
painted a dire picture of the global situation. Without clarifying who
is "us," he said:
"The world is in crisis. And not
just because of the last few months. Not just because of COVID-19. But
because of the last few decades. And because of us. This is our wake-up
call, and we cannot ignore it. Time and time again, history has shown
us that the price to pay for turning away, for failing to act, is much
Trudeau proceeded to give the following
rendering of the tumultuous events that led up to World War II and its
terrible loss of life:
"Our parents and
grandparents remember all too well what things were like in the '30s
and the '40s. Economies collapsed. Governments -- and systems of
government -- crumbled. Millions died."
his narrative that the "we" and "us" he represents is the "we" and "us"
of not only Canadians but presumably the peoples of the world, he said:
"Our parents and grandparents chose to lift themselves up
and to rebuild. They established multilateral institutions like the
United Nations. They created international financial institutions like
the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other Bretton Woods
"And they laid the groundwork for a
rules-based international order through which we enjoyed an
unprecedented period of common prosperity in the second half of the
In this way, instead of analyzing
the cause of the crisis, Trudeau misrepresented major events of the
20th century to not only cover up those forces and institutions
responsible for the crisis but present them as the solution. He did not
say that the crisis is the result of imperialist rape and plunder of
the world's resources, merciless exploitation and oppression of the
peoples of the world, all of which are enforced by the financial
institutions the Trudeau government supports. Nor did he speak about
the wars of aggression, coups d'état and use of sanctions by
the U.S. imperialists and NATO, their aggressive military alliance of
which Canada is an integral part, imposed on the peoples of the world
since the end of World War II. Similarly, he shamelessly ignored the
role that the imperialist system of states plays in the enslavement,
poverty and immiseration of the countries of Asia, Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean and in establishing and propping up corrupt
Instead, Trudeau declared that the
problem is that:
"Today, all those institutions no
longer serve us well enough on what they were designed for -- defending
multilateralism and international law, protecting human rights and open
"That is what the crisis of COVID-19 has
shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt. That things have to change. And not
just on the world stage -- but at home, too," he added.
his own bad conscience, in the
most facile manner, onto the
193 members of the UN whose conditions are not parallel to
Canada's, he made it clear that taking responsibility for
"failures" is not in his DNA. Trudeau declared:
"We do not
do enough for the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly who are
dying in health care facilities, or the homeless, for whom each night
is a struggle. We have not gone far enough to eliminate systemic
injustice, whether it be racism against Blacks or Indigenous peoples,
homophobia or sexism.
difficulties of our citizens, we can see the failures of our
institutions, of our world."
has generated a humanitarian crisis and pushed many countries to the
brink. Trudeau's speech was neo-liberal doublespeak to divert attention
from the calls of the peoples of the world for people's empowerment and
democratic renewal to replace the anachronistic 19th century liberal
democratic institutions which place decision-making in the hands of
elites, who govern in the name of the people to serve the rich and
block the people from finding solutions.
warned of the threat of climate change and called for "a new way of
thinking" on climate, inequality and health. He issued a shameless
appeal for more elite rule in the name of eliminating "gridlock" in
"Too often, concerted action is
blocked -- the needs of our citizens are denied -- as a result of
gridlock at decision-making bodies," Trudeau charged.
why? Because there are few consequences for countries that ignore
international rules. For regimes that think might makes right. Few
consequences for places where opposition figures are being poisoned
while cyber tools and disinformation are being used to destabilize
"Few consequences when innocent
citizens are arbitrarily detained and fundamental freedoms are
repressed. When a plane of civilians is shot from the sky. When women's
rights are not treated as human rights. When no one has any rights at
This is an offensive attempt to legitimize
Canada's own role in arbitrarily detaining innocent citizens, its
egregious mistreatment of the fundamental freedoms of Indigenous
peoples, migrants, refugees and political opponents, but also its own
role in bombing planes of civilians and civilians themselves. All of it
is a thinly disguised threat against those countries which refuse to
come under the dictate of the imperialist system of states. Accusing
others of what the imperialists themselves do, including Canada, is the
lowest form of praise for oneself. Trudeau should remember that facts
are stubborn things. What the Canadian state and its intelligence
agencies do is not a thing of the past.
This defence of
the Anglo-American liberal democratic institutions and values is
contemptible neo-liberal speak which Trudeau and the inner-circles of
the Government of Canada think will succeed in covering up what they
are up to with their "Korea Group," "Lima Group," use of the
Organization of American States, NATO, criminal doctrines like
Responsibility to Protect (R2P) "humanitarian interventions" to carry
out and justify "constitutional" coups d'état, deadly
sanctions and aggression. The demand to restructure international
institutions to establish Anglo-American imperialist control over
decision-making is justified in the name of the urgency of the
situation and the need for accountability. What constitutes
accountability and to whom governing bodies should be accountable, who
establishes them, their aim and who they serve are all left in the
"The only way to make things right, the only
way to build a better future for our children and grandchildren, is to
work together. By standing up for each other, no matter what lines are
drawn on maps," Trudeau said.
His speech concluded
with the words:
"We must understand our
opportunities and our responsibilities to take real action, together.
To protect each other, to support each other."
we meet this moment, if we rise to this challenge, I know that, like
our grandparents did 70 years ago, we will lay the foundations of a
How the peoples of the world need to
"protect each other" Trudeau of course does not say in this shameless
promotion of an imperialist so-called new world order.
Restructuring the international institutions to permit Anglo-American
imperialist control over world affairs will merely prolong the
decadence, corruption and amoral rule of the imperialist system of
states, all in the name of high ideals. It will exacerbate the dangers
which lie ahead at the hands of the counterrevolutionary imperialist
government put a bill before the House of Commons on September 28 --
Bill C-4, An Act relating to certain measures in response to
COVID-19 -- which includes three new benefits to replace the
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). News reports indicate that
"millions of CERB recipients will transition automatically to
Employment Insurance (EI). Expanded eligibility rules will mean more
people can qualify."
In a deal brokered with the
NDP to secure its support in a confidence motion on the Throne Speech,
EI will provide a taxable benefit of at least $500 a week, or $300 a
week for extended parental benefits. Those eligible for EI will be
entitled to a minimum of 26 weeks of regular benefits.
new language the NDP negotiated is said to expand eligibility to
include people who "have underlying conditions, are undergoing
treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of
a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority,
government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible
While many CERB
recipients will be transferred automatically onto EI, those who are
self-employed or have a 900-series social insurance number (which have
expiry dates) have to reapply. We are informed that Canada Revenue
Agency officials have started to get in contact with roughly 400,000
people in the category of people with 900-series social insurance
numbers. The category applies to those who are not Canadian citizens or
permanent residents, including temporary foreign workers and
international students as well as refugee claimants and certain others.
Canadians who received CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency but have
120 insurable hours and meet other eligibility criteria may also
qualify for EI. According to a government press release, they can
expect their first payment as of October 14.
rules allow claimants to keep all their work earnings while still
receiving part of their EI benefits. Recipients forego 50 cents of the
benefit for every dollar earned above $38,000. Recipients must make
"reasonable and ongoing job search efforts" while receiving EI. Those
efforts can include reaching out to employers, preparing a resume or
cover letter, registering for and searching job banks and submitting
The government created three new
benefits for Canadians who don't qualify for EI, providing a payment of
$500 a week:
the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is for the self-employed or gig
workers who don't qualify for EI;
- the Canada Recovery
Sickness Benefit (CRSB) is for workers who are sick or must
self-isolate due to COVID-19; and
- The Canada Recovery
Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) is for people who can't work because they
need to care for a child or dependent for reasons related to COVID-19.
package is projected to cost $34 billion. CERB paid out about $80
billion in benefits to nearly nine million people. The bill also
includes another $17 billion for other measures.
September 28, the Liberals proposed a motion, supported by the NDP and
Green Party, that allowed the government to pass the bill through all
stages of the House of Commons in a single day. After being introduced
in the House on September 29, it was passed unanimously at about 3:00
am on September 30. The bill received Senate approval and Royal Assent
on October 2.
On September 29, the
Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released a report updating its
projections for the federal deficit based on spending announcements
made up to September 1. These projections do not include any of the new
spending commitments made in the Throne Speech. According to the PBO,
already under policies in place prior to September 1 the federal
deficit is projected to be $328.5 billion in 2020-21, including an
estimated $226 billion in COVID-19 response measures. The office of the
PBO reports that relative to the size of the economy, the deficit
amounts to 15 per cent of GDP -- the largest budgetary deficit since
At 3:00 am this morning [September 30], in a rare overnight sitting,
Parliament passed a law creating new income support benefits -- CRB
(Canada Response Benefit) -- to replace the CERB [Canada Emergency
The CRB excludes migrants
without a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
of thousands of migrants who can't renew our SIN because of delays in
processing our work and study permits -- even our Permanent Residence
applications -- are shut out. Undocumented migrants living and working
in this country for years without status have been denied vital income
We are in the second wave of COVID-19, and
yet again, immigration rules are being used to deny protections to
migrants. While the income support law has effectively passed, there is
still a solution for us: granting full and permanent immigration status
to everyone in Canada, thus guaranteeing a valid SIN.
over 350 organizations, and 8,000 people have signed a letter calling
Wednesday [September 23], the federal government's Throne Speech
promised "full support and protection" for migrant food and
farmworkers, and that the government will "continue to bring in
newcomers and support family reunification." The government knows that
the simplest way to do this is by ensuring full and permanent
immigration status for all 1.6 million people in the country without
permanent resident status.
But instead of that,
politicians passed a law that denies income support to:
- Migrant domestic workers and
others who applied for Permanent Residency as early as January 2020,
and are allowed to live and work in Canada, but no longer have a valid
SIN while they await an answer on their application;
- Migrant workers, including
former international students, whose work permits have expired or will
expire soon because of COVID-19 delays, who will be unable to work to
support themselves and their families.
- Undocumented migrants who lost
their immigration status because of unjust rules but who have remained
in the country working in essential and undervalued jobs -- cleaning,
delivery, care work, food service, construction -- and are building
Actions speak louder than words. Only
pressure from us will push politicians to build a fair society with
equal rights and full immigration status for all. We are planning
future actions and will announce them soon. If you are a migrant or
undocumented person, get in touch with us to get organized! Share this petition
Momentum is growing behind our demand for
status for all. Last Saturday, the investigative show W5 on CTV took an
in-depth look at how the lack of permanent status puts migrant farm
workers in dangerous and exploitative situations.
workers tell their stories of fighting back here.
Together, we will win.
Migrant Rights Network
If you are on a post-graduate work permit that's expiring, or know
someone who is, join this meeting to be part of the fight for change: Zoom
Opposition in Alberta to Racist Violence
June 3, 2020, one of a number of protests in Alberta
following the death of George Floyd, demanding an end to police
violence and impunity.
Members of Red Deer
Against Racism organized a rally in Red Deer on September 20, with
speakers from Rural Alberta Against Racism and the Black and Indigenous
Alliance Alberta. Many such events have been organized recently in
rural Alberta to hold community conversations and speak out against
racism, including two successful events in Red Deer.
on September 20, racist groups from several cities in Alberta attacked
the rally in Red Deer, assaulted participants, and forced the
cancellation of the event.
A similar attack took
place on September 10 in Ponoka, where a driver deliberately aimed his
car at the activists, injuring one person. The RCMP refused to
investigate. A press conference held September 14 to expose this attack
was disrupted and drowned out with racist insults. The RCMP spokesman
told a reporter who questioned their role at the press conference, "Are
you suggesting one side's voice is more important than the others?
Because it's not. So we let everybody say what they need to say as
peacefully as they can and that's how this country works."
of the September 10 event have also spoken out about continuous
harassment, death threats and threats of violence, including gun
violence, which the RCMP have refused to investigate.
state presents a narrative of "protesters" and "counter-protesters"
engaged in a "confrontation." One of the organizers of the September 20
event decried being called "protester." She is a concerned citizen
participating in organizing public discussions in order to find
solutions to real problems, she said. The aim of the so-called
counter-protesters was to break up the rally and prevent public
When violence is used to stop political
discussion and block the solution of problems, to speak of "protest"
and "counter-protest" or "letting everybody have their say" is to
deliberately confound what is taking place. This kind of logic is
irrational and reveals the kind of role played by the state and its
agencies to create confusion over who promotes the racism and violence,
which is state-inspired and organized.
initially refused to investigate the September 20 attack as well, but
after a video of the assault went viral, they issued a press release,
September 23, which stated, "As demonstrators were setting up for the
event and prior to RCMP arriving for their planned attendance, a
disturbance occurred between two separate demonstration groups,
resulting in one male allegedly assaulting another. This incident was
caught on video prior to Red Deer RCMP members arriving on scene and
was shown to officers by those on scene." The only verifiable fact in
this statement is that the RCMP were nowhere to be seen when the racist
assault took place.
Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee
Madu said the RCMP informed him they were late because organizers
changed the location. Kisha Daniels, a co-founder of the Black and
Indigenous Alliance Alberta, responded that the RCMP were well aware
that the venue was changed because of threats of violence. Red Deer
RCMP Superintendent Gerald Grobmeier then claimed that the organizers
had "arrived early." Organizers stated they informed the RCMP that they
had received death threats and threats of violence, including gun
violence. A video posted online showed a "dress rehearsal" for an
attack. The RCMP finally agreed to be present one hour before the start
of the rally, but did not do as they had agreed.
organizer Cheryl Jaime Baptiste told Global News that when they did
arrive, RCMP "made no effort to step in at all and it's inexcusable."
Organizers also stated that the police did nothing to enforce a
restraining order. The fact that none of this is surprising, given the
racist history of the RCMP from day one to the present, does not make
their complicity in these attacks any less reprehensible. What is clear
is that the RCMP is facilitating and complicit in violent attacks by
"All Albertans, regardless of race,
religion or creed, have the right to live their lives peacefully, and I
denounce any instance of bigotry and intolerance," Justice Minister
Madu said in a news conference on September 22.
does not say that making death threats, committing assault with a
vehicle, and violating a restraining order are criminal offences which
will be vigorously prosecuted. He says the issue is "bigotry and
intolerance," dismissing the actual crimes committed. The Minister
cannot be more hypocritical than that when the Kenney government itself
has incited vigilante actions against Indigenous people and Canadians
standing in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en, blamed Indigenous people
for "massively damaging the economy," and passed Bill 1 specifically
targeting the defence of Indigenous rights, land and law. Not only is
the Kenney government attacking rights non-stop, it has deliberately
tried to create a diversion to the political and economic problems the
people are facing instead of providing solutions. Those who are working
to provide solutions are the target of state-organized attacks.
As for the Trudeau government, it is preparing to introduce
legislation in the name of curbing hate speech which will be used
against those who are fighting for their rights. Deputy Prime Minister
Chrystia Freeland says that the "vines and weeds," those she described
as "the preachers of hate, the angry populists of the extreme right and
left" who "rail against groups like ours" -- namely those who have
usurped political and economic power and block people's empowerment --
have to be rooted out.
example of how the state intervenes to attack progressive forces in the
name of opposing "hate" or "extremism" was provided at a September 24
press conference by a spokesperson for the organizers of the events in
rural Alberta. In Canmore, organizers were threatened that if
"counter-protesters" showed up, the event would be shut down. The clear
threat was that the victims of violence would be accused of "inciting
violence," she said.
In contrast, the municipal
officials in Lacombe welcomed an upcoming event there and said that if
racist groups do come to their town to attack the rally, the
townspeople themselves will chase them out. This is the spirit of
Canadians who are determined to put an end to all manner of hate
crimes. The attacks which took place in Red Deer and Ponoka have been
denounced far and wide. Not only must these attacks be vigorously
opposed, but those in positions of power must be held to account for
racist attacks and violence, carried out by those they protect if not
directly help instigate. Attacks on the right to conscience and speech
are to suppress the people's striving for empowerment so that the
rights of all are provided with a guarantee.
Across Quebec for Victim of Racism
Vigil outside Joyce
Echaquan's home after her death in hospital, September 28, 2020.
On Monday, September 28, Joyce Echaquan, a young Atikamekw
woman from Manawan in Lanaudière, Quebec, aged 37 and mother
of seven children, died at the Lanaudière Integrated Health
and Social Services Centre (CISSS) under disturbing circumstances. She
had been admitted a few days earlier for stomach pain. She filmed
herself live on Facebook as she called for help and felt herself dying.
Instead of receiving the care she needed, she was ostracized. Racist
and disparaging remarks against her made by a nurse and an orderly
present in her room are heard on the recording. Her video also shows
that she was restrained and reports indicate she was given morphine.
Joyce passed away soon afterward. In the days following the tragedy,
two staff members involved were dismissed and at least two
investigations are underway, one conducted internally by the
Lanaudière CISSS and another by the coroner.
Quebec and across Canada, saddened and indignant people reacted
strongly to the video, which was seen around the world. Vigils were
organized in solidarity with the Echaquan family and the Indigenous
communities the next day and during the days that followed in Joliette;
in Quebec City in front of the National Assembly; in Pikogan in
Abitibi; Cookshire-Eaton in Estrie; Uashat near Sept-Îles; on
the unceded territory of the Nitassinan in Saguenay; Sherbrooke;
Pessamit near Baie-Comeau; Lac-Simon in the Outaouais; in Ottawa and
elsewhere. Virtual vigils were also held. Numerous Indigenous and
rights organizations, as well as unions, denounced the treatment Joyce
received. On Saturday, October 3, a demonstration demanding Justice for
Joyce will be held in Montreal, and a healing walk will be
held in Quebec City.
This tragedy comes just days
before the 15th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil to be
held October 4. The vigil, initiated in 2006, will pay tribute
to the more than 4,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
and demand justice through vigils, both virtual and physical. In Quebec
and Canada, Joyce Echaquan's name is on everyone's lips.
tragedy follows one year after the release of the report of the
Commission of Inquiry into Relations Between Aboriginals and Certain
Public Services in Quebec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress, on
September 30, 2019.
The Commission was established December 21, 2016 following the October
2016 allegations of sexual abuse by eight officers of the
Sûreté du Québec against Indigenous
women in Val-d'Or. Among the 142 recommendations, one explicitly calls
for increased access to health and social services, in both urban and
The Final Report of the
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
was also recently released, in June 2019. It
calls on Canada to defend the rights of all and abolish the conception
of rights based on privileges and discrimination against those who are
in an inferior position in the echelon of power.
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) expresses its deepest
condolences to the family of Joyce Echaquan and to the Atikamekw
community for the loss of a loved one under such inhumane conditions.
Justice must be served for Joyce, her family, her community and all
missing and murdered women, their families, Indigenous peoples,
organizations and allies across the country.
Hospital (left) and in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City.
Pessamit near Baie-Comeau
of the Commission of Inquiry into Relations Between Aboriginals and
Certain Public Services in Quebec, December 21, 2016.
Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous
Women and Girls
Justice for Joyce
Saturday, October 3 -- 1:00-3:00 pm
Corner of Sainte-Catherine and St-Hubert
Saturday, October 3 -- 1:00 pm
Starts at National Assembly (1045 Rue des
goes to the Plains of Abraham.
Recovery Plan for BC
BC government released an economic recovery plan called "A Stronger BC,
for Everyone: BCs Economic Recovery Plan" on September 17, just prior
to calling the provincial election for October 24. The plan is a
continuation of the neo-liberal anti-social offensive aimed at
structuring the state to strengthen pay-the-rich schemes within the
U.S.-dominated imperialist system of states.
The plan contains
numerous measures to pay the rich, which in effect politicize private
interests. In other words, the structural changes in the plan
strengthen the take-over of the decision-making power, exercised
through the executive and legislative functions, by the most dominant
global oligarchs. BC's socialized economy and human and natural
resources are at their disposal and they brook no limitations on what
they can do with it. No suggestion appears anywhere in the plan that a
pro-social alternative is possible to the current domination of the
economy by powerful global private interests.
the economy and political domain under the authority of private
interests is presented as a given. Job creation, wages and benefits for
workers, and even social programs and steps to heal the environment are
all framed in the neo-liberal jargon as trickling down from those who
own and control the economy. The plan reiterates time and again that
the path to recovery from the crisis is to prime private enterprise
with provincial and federal public funds. According to the government,
the future is in the hands of the rich and their decision-making about
how to control the economy, aided by governments that ensure the
oligarchs have in hand the public funds, political power and
state institutions necessary to exploit the working class and use the
immense natural resources of the province to their advantage.
Several issues are notable in their absence from the recovery
plan. Missing is any analysis as to why economic crises are a recurring
feature of the BC economy, both general crises and those specific to
certain sectors such as forestry. The government says it represents
working people and a social-democratic orientation but nowhere in the
plan does it even attempt an explanation as to why the economy
regularly fails and poverty is a constant feature.
absence of an investigation and discussion of the root of the recurring
economic crises and problems leads to an acceptance of the current
failed direction of the economy and the politicization of the private
interests in control at all levels. The absence of investigation and
analysis in turn directs political thought towards the erroneous
viewpoint that the role for working people is to behave as impotent
bystanders to their own fate and choose between good and bad policies
of the cartel parties of the ruling elite. This blocks the working
class from building its own independent organizations, especially
political ones, developing its own thinking, theory, analysis,
reference points and political program and engaging in actions to
defend what belongs to it by right. The demand to stop paying the rich
and increase investments in social programs is integral to the
empowerment and the flowering of the democratic personality that arises
with actions which defend the rights of all.
absence of any investigation and discussion of a new direction, the NDP
government forges full speed ahead with pay-the-rich schemes that have
proven to be a complete failure, as the current crisis shows. The
measures in the plan to politicize private interests are breathtaking
in their scale. The government pushes, holus bolus, the neo-liberal
line that through paying the rich some of the generated wealth will
trickle down to working people. The propping up of private enterprise
with public funds is couched in the bogus neo-liberal line that doing
so is the only way to create jobs, develop the economy and generate
value to sustain social programs even though this has been proven false
in practice with the rich becoming richer and social and natural
The BC economy is now more than
ever integrated into the U.S. war economy and the clutches of the
global oligarchy. The NDP's recovery plan attempts to block discussion
of the necessity for a new direction for the economy, to change its aim
to one of serving the needs of the people and society. Such a new
direction asserts cooperation and mutual benefit of all its sectors and
parts through planning in opposition to the destructive competition and
striving for maximum private profit of imperialism. This new direction
seeks to utilize the enormous productive capacity of modern production
and international trade to meet the needs and well-being of all
humanity without war and exploitation, and to humanize the natural and
social environment and make Canada a zone for peace.
Also missing from
the recovery plan is any mention of the two largest public-private
projects now underway. First is the Site C dam and power plant on the
Peace River, complete with power transmission lines to supply
electricity to mines, gas wells and LNG plants controlled by the global
rich. Second is the LNG Canada project to extract gas through hydraulic
fracturing in northeast BC, build a highly contested Coastal GasLink
pipeline across unceded Indigenous land to Kitimat on the west coast
and there construct an LNG plant and new shipping port. These projects
on unceded Indigenous land are highly contentious multi-billion dollar
projects to pay the global rich and intensify their grip on Canada.
Another missing aspect of the plan is any mention of how the
government borrows money from private moneylenders generating an
enormous debt to them that continually sucks enormous value out of the
economy through servicing to pay interest. The BC government this year
is forecasting a deficit of $12.8 billion. It plans to sell bonds worth
$18.5 billion to institutional investors to cover the deficit plus
refinancing debt coming due. This year's deficit is forecast to
increase the existing provincial debt to private moneylenders to $87.9
billion. The annual interest charge paid to the moneylenders is
approaching $3 billion. No BC government has ever proposed or even
discussed an alternative to borrowing from private moneylenders, which
in fact is another form of paying the rich that should be banned as
unnecessary, socially irresponsible and even criminal.
in the recovery plan are details of how BC government funds are to be
funneled to prop up private enterprise at every level. The plan offers
a blueprint of how the global oligarchs are taking measures to
structure the state so that the BC economy ensures that collective
public funds are regularly used to pay the rich and divert them away
from social programs and any notion of developing public enterprise and
services as the backbone of a renewed economy.
The public funds
going to prop up the imperialist economy have as well the aim to
nurture a strata of small and medium-sized business owners,
intellectuals and certain trade union leaders who are expected to side
with the global imperialist oligarchy against the working class and
Indigenous peoples. The broad aim through the neo-liberal trickledown
jargon is to convince them that their future and that of the people of
BC lies within the realm of adopting "good polices." No alternative is
to be considered, certainly not a new direction for the economy that
breaks the grip of the global oligarchs over their lives and future and
builds a new state that assumes its social responsibilities to the
people and Mother Earth.
The working people now
have thirty years' experience with the anti-social offensive and its
neo-liberal dogma. They must not fall prey to gibberish, either of
Trudeau, Horgan or any other proponent of the pay-the-rich measures
which are being taken. The necessity for a new direction for the
economy to stop paying the rich and increase investments in social
programs is the starting point for the new direction to make headway.
For extracts of the BC Government's Economic
Recovery Plan with comments, click
Session of UN General Assembly Underway
A commemoration of the
75th Anniversary of the UN is held September 21, 2020.
75th Session of the UN General Assembly opened on September 15. The
theme of this year's General Assembly is "The Future We Want, the UN We
Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism." This
theme is supposed to guide all activities of the UN and its bodies,
including the High-Level General Debate, which took place from
September 22 to 26 and concluded on September 29.
year, the UN commemorates its 75th anniversary on October 24, which has
been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. UN Day marks the
anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the Charter of the
United Nations. With the ratification of this founding document by the
majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of
the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
of the United Nations is the organization's foundational treaty. It was
signed by 50 of the UN's original members in San Francisco on June 26,
1945, six weeks after Nazi Germany surrendered at the end of the Second
World War. The Charter entered into force on October 24, 1945, the
official date of the UN's formation, after being ratified by the
original five permanent members of the Security Council -- the Republic
of China (replaced by the People's Republic of China on October 25,
1971), France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United
Kingdom and the United States -- and a majority of the other
signatories. All UN members are duty-bound to uphold the 111 articles
of the UN Charter. Further, Article 103 of the UN Charter states that
obligations to the United Nations prevail over all other treaty
The Preamble to the Charter states
four main general aims:
- to save succeeding
generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has
brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
- to reaffirm
faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the
human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large
and small, and
- to establish conditions under
which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and
other sources of international law can be maintained, and
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger
Article One of
the Charter clearly states the United Nations' four main purposes:
- to maintain international peace and security, and to that
end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and
removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of
aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by
peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and
international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes
or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the
principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to
take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
- to achieve international co-operation in solving
international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or
humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for
human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction
as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
- to be
a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of
these common ends.
The first four principles of the
UN are clearly stated at the beginning of Article 2:
The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of
all its Members.
- All Members, in order to ensure
to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall
fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance
with the present Charter.
- All Members shall
settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner
that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
- All Members shall refrain in their international relations
from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or
political independence of any state, or in any other manner
inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
stating in words their allegiance to the articles of the UN Charter,
the U.S. imperialists and their allies take every opportunity to defy
the Charter in deeds. They routinely violate national sovereignty,
continuously humiliate or commit open aggression against other
countries, and refuse to be held to account for their misdeeds which
threaten all of humanity. This situation underscores the need to reform
and renew the UN. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the
signing of the UN Charter, it is important to again stress the pressing
need for the UN and its bodies to enshrine and uphold the equality and
sovereignty of all nations and for all nations big and small to uphold
the norms and laws of international relations so as to ensure
international peace. This must be done not just by using empty words
but in actual deeds.
One of the most critical needs
is to reform the UN Security Council. Two fundamental principles of
international relations are that all nations have equal standing and
that the right to sovereignty of all nations must be upheld. These
hard-won principles were paid for by the blood of millions in World War
II and stand diametrically opposed to the imperialist dictum that
"Might Makes Right." Upholding these principles is the duty of all
nations to ensure that never again will the world be subject to a
global war. The United Nations Charter espouses these principles but
they are contradicted in practice by the composition of the Security
Council which is not in line with the needs of the times.
The Security Council is entrusted with the crucial issue of
maintaining peace. Under Chapter VII of the Charter, the Security
Council can take enforcement measures to "maintain or restore
international peace and security," ranging from economic and/or other
sanctions not involving the use of armed force to international
Five big powers remain the
permanent members of the UN Security Council: Britain, China, France,
Russia and the U.S. This is not only totally unrepresentative of the
majority of the 193 countries which make up the UN today but these big
powers have a veto on all matters that come before the Security
Council. Although "power of veto" is not explicitly mentioned in the
Charter, Article 27 states that "substantive" decisions require "the
concurring votes of the permanent members." The permanent members vote
according to their own national interests, not the interests of the
world's people which are sacrificed as a matter of course.
1972, the U.S. has used its veto power more than any other permanent
member. The Security Council usurps the decision-making process,
rendering the decisions of the General Assembly ineffective. The
renewal of the composition of the Security Council arrangements is
needed to make the UN democratic and effective as an instrument to
maintain world peace and stop its use to justify the bullying and
aggression of the U.S. and its NATO allies and partners, which is
causing havoc in the world today.
below is the presentation by Cuban President Miguel
Díaz-Canel Bermúdez on September 22, to the
General Debate at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez addresses the UN
September 22, 2020.
global pandemic has changed everyday life drastically. From one day to
the next, millions of people get infected and thousands die even when
their life expectancy was longer thanks to development. Hospital
systems with high-level services have collapsed and the health
structures of poor countries are affected by their chronic lack of
capacity. Drastic quarantines are turning the most populated cities
into deserted areas. Social life is non-existent except in digital
networks. Theatres, discos, galleries and even schools are closed or
Our borders have been closed, our
economies are shrinking and our reserves are dwindling. Life is
experiencing a radical redesigning of age-old ways and uncertainty is
replacing certainty. Even close friends cannot recognize each other due
to the masks that protect us from the contagion. Everything is changing.
Like finding a solution to the pandemic, it is already urgent
to democratize this indispensable organization so that it effectively
meets the needs and aspirations of all peoples.
sought-after right of humanity to live in peace and security, with
justice and freedom, the basis for unity among nations, is constantly
Over $1.9 trillion are being
squandered today in a senseless arms race promoted by the aggressive
and war-mongering policies of imperialism, whose leader is the present
government of the U.S., which accounts for 38 per cent of the global
We are referring to a
markedly aggressive and morally corrupt regime that despises and
attacks multilateralism, uses financial blackmailing in its relations
with UN system agencies and that, in a show of unprecedented
overbearance, has withdrawn from the World Health Organization, UNESCO
and the Human Rights Council.
country where the UN headquarters is located is also staying away from
fundamental international treaties such as the Paris Agreement on
climate change; it rejects the nuclear agreement with Iran reached by
consensus; it promotes trade wars; it ends its commitment with
international disarmament control instruments; it militarizes
cyberspace; it expands coercion and unilateral sanctions against those
who do not bend to its designs and sponsors the forcible overthrow of
sovereign governments through non-conventional war methods.
such line of action, which ignores the old principles of peaceful
co-existence and respect of the right of others to self-determination
as the guarantee for peace, the Donald Trump administration is also
manipulating, with subversive aims, cooperation in the sphere of
democracy and human rights, while in its own territory there is an
abundance of practically uncontrolled expressions of hatred, racism,
police brutality and irregularities in the election system and as to
the voting rights of citizens
It is urgent to
reform the UN. This powerful organization, which emerged after the loss
of millions of lives in two world wars and as a result of a world
understanding of the importance of dialogue, negotiation, cooperation
and international law, must not postpone any further its updating and
democratization. Today's world needs the UN just as the one where it
came into being did.
Something that is very special
and profound has failed, as evidenced by the daily and permanent
violation of the UN Charter principles, and by the ever-increasing use
or threat of use of force in international relations.
is no way to sustain any longer, as if it were natural and unshakable,
an unequal, unjust and anti-democratic International order where
selfishness prevails over solidarity and the mean interests of a
powerful minority prevail over the legitimate aspirations of millions
Notwithstanding the dissatisfactions and
the demands for change that, together with other states and millions of
citizens in the world, we are presenting to the UN, the Cuban
Revolution shall always uphold the existence of the Organization, to
which we owe the little but indispensable multilateralism that is
surviving imperial overbearance.
More than once, at
this very forum, Cuba has reiterated its willingness to cooperate with
the democratization of the UN and the upholding of international
cooperation, that can be saved only by it. As stated by the First
Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and Army General
Raúl Castro Ruz, and I quote: "The international community
will always be able to count on Cuba's honest voice in the face of
injustice, inequality, underdevelopment, discrimination and
manipulation, and for the establishment of a more just and equitable
international order which really centres on human beings, their dignity
and wellbeing." End of quote.
Coming back to the seriousness of the present situation, which
many blame only on the COVID-19 pandemic, I think it is essential to
say that its impact is by far overflowing the health sphere.
to its nefarious effects, dramatic death toll and damages to the world
economy and the deterioration of social development levels, the
spreading of the pandemic in the last few months brings anguish and
despair to leaders and citizens in practically all nations.
the multidimensional crisis it has unleashed clearly shows the great
mistake of the dehumanized policies imposed no matter the cost by the
Today, we are witnessing with
sadness the disaster the world has been led to by the irrational and
unsustainable production and consumption system of capitalism, decades
of an unjust international order and the implementation of ruthless and
rampant neoliberalism, which has widened inequalities and sacrificed
the right of peoples to development.
exclusionary neoliberalism, which puts aside and discards millions of
human beings and condemns them to survive on the leftovers from the
banquet of the richest one percent, the COVID-19 virus does not
discriminate between one and the other, but its devastating economic
and social effects will be lethal among the most vulnerable and those
with lower incomes, whether they live in the underdeveloped world or in
the pockets of poverty of big industrial cities.
to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projections, the 690
million people who were going hungry in 2019 might be joined by a
further 130 million as a result of the economic recession caused by the
pandemic. Studies by the International Labor Organization (ILO) say
that over 305 million jobs have been lost and that the livelihoods of
more than 1.6 billion workers are at stake.
cannot see COVID-19, hunger, unemployment and the growing economic and
social inequalities between individuals and countries as unrelated
phenomena. There is an urgency to implement integrated policies that
prioritize human beings and not economic profits or political
It would be criminal to put off
yesterday's and today's decisions for tomorrow. It is imperative to
promote solidarity and international cooperation to lessen the impact.
Only the UN, with its world membership, has the required
authority and reach to resume the just struggle to write off
uncollectable foreign debt which, aggravated by the social and economic
effects of the pandemic, is threatening the survival of the peoples of
SARS-CoV-2 outbreak and the early signs that it would bring a pandemic
did not catch Cuba off guard.
With the decade-long
experience of facing terrible epidemics, some of which were provoked
deliberately as part of the permanent war against our political
project, we immediately implemented a series of measures based on our
main capabilities and strengths, namely, a well-structured socialist
state that cares for the health of its citizens, highly-skilled human
capital and a society with many people's involvement in its
decision-making and problem solving processes.
implementation of those measures, combined with the knowledge accrued
for over 60 years of great efforts to create and expand a high-quality
and universal health system, plus scientific research and development,
has made it possible not only to preserve the right to health of all
citizens, without exception, but also to be in a better position to
face the pandemic.
We have been able to do it in
spite of the harsh restrictions of the long economic, commercial and
financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government, which has been
brutally tightened in the last two years, even during these pandemic
times, something that shows it is the essential component of the
hostile U.S. Cuba policy.
The aggressiveness of the
blockade has reached a qualitatively higher level that further asserts
its role as the real and determining impediment to the managing of the
economy and the development of our country. The U.S. government has
intensified in particular its harassment of Cuban financial
transactions and, beginning in 2019, it has been adopting measures that
violate international law to deprive the Cuban people of the
possibility to buy fuels they need for their everyday activities and
for their development.
So as to damage and demonize
the Cuban Revolution and others it defines as adversaries, the U.S. has
been publishing spurious lists having no legitimacy by which it
abrogates to itself the right to impose unilateral coercive measures
and unfounded qualifications on the world.
week, that government issues statements against Cuba or imposes new
restrictions. Paradoxically, however, it has refused to label as
terrorist the attack that was carried out against the Cuban embassy in
Washington on April 30, 2020, when an individual armed with an assault
rifle fired over 30 rounds against the diplomatic mission and later
admitted his intent to kill.
We denounce the double
standards of the U.S. government in the fight against terror and demand
a public condemnation of that brutal attack.
demand a cessation of the hostility and slanderous campaign against the
altruistic work of Cuba's international medical cooperation that, with
much prestige and verifiable results, has contributed to saving
hundreds of lives and lowering the impact of diseases in many
countries. Prominent international figures and highly prestigious
social organizations have acknowledged the humanistic work done by the
"Henry Reeve" International Medical Brigade for Disaster Situations and
Serious Epidemics and called for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to
While the U.S. government is ignoring the
call to combine efforts to fight the pandemic and it withdraws from the
WHO, Cuba, in response to requests made to it, and guided by the
profound solidarity and humanistic vocation of its people, is expanding
its cooperation by sending over 3,700 cooperation workers distributed
in 46 medical brigades to 39 countries and territories hit by COVID-19.
In this sense, we condemn the gangster blackmailing by the
U.S. to pressure the Pan-American Health Organization aimed at making
that regional agency a tool for its morbid aggression against our
country. As usual, the force of truth will do away with lies, and facts
and the protagonists will go down in history as they should. Cuba's
example shall prevail.
Our dedicated health
workers, the pride of a nation brought up in José Marti's
idea that My Country Is Humanity, shall be awarded the prize their
noble hearts deserve, or not; but for years they have won the
recognition of the peoples blessed by their health work.
U.S. government is not hiding its intention to enforce new and harsher
aggressive measures against Cuba in the next few months. We state once
again before the international community that our people, who take
pride in their history and are committed to the ideals and achievements
of the Revolution, shall resist and overcome.
The attempts at imposing neocolonial
domination on Our America by publicly declaring the validity today of
the Monroe Doctrine contravene the Proclamation of Latin America and
the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
We wish to
restate publicly in this virtual forum that the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela will always have the solidarity of Cuba in the face of
attempts to destabilize and subvert its constitutional order and
civic-military unity and destroy the work begun by Commander Hugo
Chávez Frías and continued by President
Nicolás Maduro Moros to benefit the Venezuelan people.
We also reject the U.S. actions aimed at destabilizing the
Republic of Nicaragua and ratify our unwavering solidarity with its
people and government led by Commander Daniel Ortega.
state our solidarity with the Caribbean nations, which are demanding
just reparations for the horrors of slavery and the slave trade, in a
world where racial discrimination and the repression against
Afro-descendant communities have been on the rise.
reaffirm our historical commitment with the self-determination and
independence of the sisterly people of Puerto Rico.
support the legitimate claim by Argentina to its sovereignty over the
Malvinas, the South Sandwich and South Georgia islands.
reiterate our commitment to peace in Colombia and the conviction that
dialogue between the parties is the road to achieving stable and
lasting peace in that country.
We support the
search for a peaceful and negotiated solution to the situation imposed
on Syria, with no foreign interference and in full respect of its
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
We demand a
just solution to the conflict in the Middle East, which must include
the real exercise by the Palestinian people of the inalienable right to
build their own State within the borders prior to 1967 and with East
Jerusalem as its capital. We reject Israel's attempts to annex more
territories in the West Bank.
We state our
solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the face of escalating
We reaffirm our steadfast
solidarity with the Sahrawi people.
condemn the unilateral and unjust sanctions against the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea.
We restate our
rejection of the intention to expand NATO's presence to Russia's
borders and the imposition of unilateral and unjust sanctions against
We reject foreign interference in the
internal affairs of the Republic of Belarus and reiterate our
solidarity with the legitimate president of that country, Aleksandr
Lukashenko, and the sisterly people of Belarus.
condemn the interference in the internal affairs of the People's
Republic of China and oppose any attempt to harm its territorial
integrity and its sovereignty.
Today's disturbing circumstances have led to the fact that,
for the first time in the 75-year-long history of the United Nations,
we have had to meet in a format that is not in person.
scientific community, another source of pride for the nation that,
since the triumph of the Revolution of the just, announced to the world
its intention to be a country of men and women of science, is working
non-stop on one of the first vaccines in the world going through
clinical trials in the world.
Its creators and
other researchers and experts, in coordination with the health system,
are writing protocols on healthcare for infected persons, recovered
patients and the at-risk population that have allowed us to maintain
the statistics of the epidemic at around 80 per cent of infected
persons saved and a mortality rate below the average in the Americas
and the world.
"Doctors and not bombs." That was
announced one day by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution and
chief sponsor of scientific development in Cuba: Commander-in-Chief
Fidel Castro Ruz. That's our motto. Saving lives and sharing what we
are and have, no matter the sacrifice it takes; that is what we are
offering to the world from the United Nations, asking it only for a
change in tune with the gravity of the present times.
Let us strive together to promote peace,
solidarity and development.
Thank you very much.
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